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An interview with Hash Rush Chief Game Economist, Jethro Naude

An interview with Hash Rush Chief Game Economist, Jethro Naude

Since we recently welcomed three new members to the Hash Rush team, we figured it would be good to continue our interview series. As the PR manager of Hash Rush, I (Jochem Gerritsen) was the right person for the job; today I sat down with our new Chief Game Economist Jethro Naude and asked him a couple of questions.

I’d like to turn the gaming industry on its head by making the Hash Rush in-game economy very real-world-like / Jethro Naude Hi Jethro, it’s great to talk to you today. What are you doing at the moment? Like, right now? Well, I just started my morning, it’s 8:30 am, I started about an hour ago. I’m drinking a cup of coffee, going through some emails, and generally preparing myself for a pretty grueling day, so there’ll be lots of coffee. My day is 10 to 12 hours, I don’t confine myself to a 9 to 5 job. Normally I’m online by 6:30 am, at my desk by 7:30, and I end when I end. Wow, those are long days indeed. Ok, let’s start this interview with some background info. Could you briefly introduce yourself? Who are you and what do you do? I’m Jethro Naude, born and raised in South Africa. I got my first degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Cape Town. Directly after graduating I moved to New York. There, I worked for an economic think tank and an investment bank, but after a while got tired of the cold; so I moved to California. That’s where I’ve been since, and I have worked for an aerospace company and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation. I then got a postgraduate degree in economics, and shifted my focus from public sector economics into startups. I co-founded Slapfish, a seafood restaurant franchise, and helped it grow from one food truck to where it had over 150 stores in development around the world. That doesn’t sound very much like a startup, but the beautiful thing about economics is that you can apply it to any sector. I helped ...
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